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The Moveable Beats Reading Series (MBRS) was born in Fishtown, one of the “river wards” in Philadelphia, PA.  William Penn made the Friendship Treaty with the Shackamaxon branch of the Lenni Lenape tribe in this ward, two blocks from where the series opened.  We started reading in the Fishtown Airways Art Gallery (thanks, Robert!), at the corner of Shackamaxon and Girard,  in 2009.  The mission was to expand and enhance the art scene in Fishtown, which has musicians, actors, and artists at work and at play, but lacked a strong and consistent literary presence.   In 2010 we moved to The Slingluff Gallery, at 11 W. Girard Ave., in Fishtown where we stayed until January 2012 (thanks, Lee and Jonathan!).  The series now meets at The Good Karma Café—928 Pine St., Philadelphia, PA in the Wash West neighborhood of Center City.  The readings take place on Sundays, from 6 PM – 7:30 PM.  There are two featured readers followed by a brief open reading.  The poetry scene in Philadelphia is strong and vibrant, and the writers represent all genres–traditional, edgy, political, humorous, slam and spoken word.  The series also invites prose writers and musicians (when openings are available) to share their wares.  Visit this site in your cyber-travels and please consider stopping by some Sunday. While you’re here, check out The Good Karma Cafe:



6 responses to “Welcome

  1. Mel Brake

    Congrats, Jim.
    All the very best with your series new location.
    I will be dropping in during a future reading.

    Peace and Light,
    Mel Brake

  2. Bob DiNardo ⋅

    Best of luck with this blog – and your new location. I’m sorry you had to leave what the Inquirer food critic referred to as “finally fashionable Fishtown,” but I guess we can’t keep them all.

  3. Jennifer Kleinow ⋅

    Congrats on the blog! I’m adding it to my RSS feed :]

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